Arboretum offers summer nature walks

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Blue Dasher by Miles Orchnik

Superior, AZ – Flame Skimmers and Blue Dashers – they’re just as colorful as the names suggest. See these and other dragonflies at Ayer Lake and water features around the scenic gardens at Boyce Thompson Arboretum on the guided walk June 1 at 8:30 a.m. They’re fascinating creatures, with a rich heritage of folklore that varies greatly around the planet. European cultures viewed dragonflies as dangerous – even deadly. Asians and Native Americans see them as signs of good luck and longevity. The truth about dragonflies is more interesting than any fable: they have six legs, but can’t walk; they have incredible vision, but are deaf; they outlasted the dinosaurs and are still going strong today.

BTA summer weekend nature walks continue Sunday, June 2, with a 6:30 a.m. guided bird walk lead by Prescott author/photographer David Moll; there’s a ‘Learn Your Lizards’ walk guided by Kurt and Cindy Radamaker June 8; Plants-of-the-Bible walk June 15; Tree Tour June 16; Geology Walk June 22; and a special tour with Ethno-botanist and Choctaw Tribal Nation member David Morris June 23 teaching the edible and medicinal plants of the Sonoran Desert. Gourd art workshops and photography classes are offered, too; complete details are online.

BTA hours are daily from 6 a.m.-3 p.m.; most nature walks begin at 8 a.m. from the visitor center breezeway, and are included with daily admission of  $9 for adults and $4.50 for ages 5-12 (and, of course, they’re at no charge for BTA annual members!).

See photos and read more about this event and other Arboretum weekend nature walks at  ag.arizona.edu/bta; connect with 4,000 fans at facebook.com/boycethompsonarboretum.

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